Monday, January 30, 2012

Free Movie Night and Discussion Starting Thursday 2/2/2012

Centerboard is hosting a films series, Heroes of the City at The Pulse @ JB Blood. The Pulse is a new community center in the front of 20 Wheeler right in front of Centerboard's administrative offices. This movie series is centered around the concept of the urban hero. As you may or may not know, Centerboard's mission is tied completely towards the revitalization of Downtown Lynn. It will be very interesting to watch these films followed by great discussion with Dr. Nick Parker, a film writer, professor, and Downtown Lynn resident as well as several from the Centerboard staff.  There will be refreshments served. Make sure you RSVP. There is limited seating.

Heroes of the City: A Film Series - "Taxi Driver: The Doubtful Urban Hero" 2/2/12 7PM - 10PM 


Heroes of the City: A Film Series - "Falling Down: Mapping the city in Falling Down" 2/23/12 7PM - 10PM 


Heroes of the City: A Film Series - "The Fighter: The Struggle of Men and Women in the City" 3/15/12 7PM - 10PM



New England Light Opera comes to Downtown Lynn with Some Cole Porter

Night and Day II: A New Cole Porter Celebration
Saturday, March 3rd 7:30PM
Central Congregational Church, 97 Broad Street
$20 includes light refreshments
For tickets call Joan Breed 781-593-2210 or David Kay 781-599-8643

Central Congregational Church at 97 Broad Street in congunction with New England Light Opera is producing an event titled: Night and Day II: A New Cole Porter Celebration. It will be held on Saturday evening, March 3rd at 7:30 pm at Central Church, 97 Broad Street, Lynn. A new staged revue of the songs of Cole Porter including Begin the Beguine, just One of Those Things, and You're the Top. $20 per ticket, cabaret style seating with light refreshments included. Tickets by phone: Mrs Joan Breed @ 781-593-2210 or David Kay @ 781-599-8643. Free parking behind Central Church at Harrison School (Dexter Street, off Broad)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Yeah, I Know...I've Been Too Busy to Blog

Every once in a while I get the kind of busy that makes the blog really grind to a halt. For weeks all I can talk about is the show. Well...this month is one of those times.

A lot of people have put some blood and sweat to make this show happen and I am forever grateful. For this show, we had incredible community support including many downtown neighbors chipping in to help with sound, costumes, props, and various needs.

I just wanted to take some time out to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who even touched this show for 10 minutes. Without you, that moment in the show, wouldn't be perfect.

Thank you to everyone who came out for opening weekend and bought tickets. We had 100 more people than we had for Spelling Bee's opening weekend. This is audience growth of 20% and is a huge statement. More and more of you are discovering that you can have high quality theatre experiences without having to go into Boston. Please spread the word.

Join us on Facebook or visit our website to learn more. Coming up next we have our 2nd annual Bourbon Street party. Don't miss out on all the great happenings downtown.


Friday, January 20, 2012

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Opening Night

Last night Arts After Hours opened it's second full scale musical production at LynnArts in the Rantoul Black Box Theatre. The show, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, takes the audience on a hilarious roller-coaster of the trials and tribulations of connecting with the ones we choose to call sweetheart.

Don't miss this show. The blog has been quiet because we've been working day and night to make this a high quality professional night of theatre for all of you. We do this to get people into the Downtown experiencing quality arts programming and we hope you will grab dinner before hand at a local restaurant or a drink after with the cast at a local bar. Thank you, as always, for supporting Downtown Lynn.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Lynn Legislators at the Lynn Museum on Jan 18th

Lynn Museum Kicks off the New Year with an Evening with Lynn's Legislators

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm.

Join the Lynn Museum as they dive into legislative history from the unique perspective of the incumbent Senator and the four State Representatives who serve the City of Lynn. Senator Thomas M. McGee and Representatives Robert F. Fennel, Steven M. Walsh, Lori Ehrlich and Donald H. Wong will share their experiences and provide an insider's look at the legislative process and how an idea becomes law.

The forum will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm. Immediately following the program there will be a reception for the public to mingle with the legislators. Attendees are also invited to explore the Lynn Museum's newly-renovated space and exhibitions including Painting Land and See, I Heart Lynn and FOTO: Focused on the Object.
Moderated by Attorney James J. Carrigan, An Evening with the Legislators is the third in a series of forums designed to provide an exchange of ideas between experts and the public. Additional forums are planned for the spring, including one featuring Jennifer Nassour, former Chairwoman of the Massachusetts Republican Party and John Walsh, current Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. What's more, Congressman John F. Tierney will join the forum series to share his experience in the United States Congress.

Admission to An Evening with the Legislators is $10 for Lynn Museum members and $15 for non-members. Student admission is free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Museum. Proceeds from the forum help to pay for the Museum's educational programs, such as the Free Winter Celebration Family Day on January 21, 2012.  

For more information on all of these exciting Lynn Museum happenings, please call 781-581-6200 or visit

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Wine Down Thursday

Centerboard presents Wine Down, a pop up burger and wine experience at the top floor of the JB Blood building in Downtown Lynn.  

Featuring a live music trio with Laura Grill.  

Come taste delicious burger sliders, experience the “Mash Potato Bar”, and learn about great and affordable wines from our wine expert. This is a great way to network and enjoy LIVE music. The unusual location will surprise you with great views or our city and the Ocean.

$15 dollars gets you delicious Burgers and as many visits to the "Mash Potato Bar" as you like. 

Check out for more information and to buy tickets.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Incredible Line-up at Lynn Auditorium

Lynn Auditorium has a great series of shows coming up. Wanted to make sure you guys are all aware and get your tickets fast. I hear Pat Benatar is already selling FAST!

Peter Frampton - February 3rd 8PM

Pink Floyd Experience - February 19th 7PM

Irish Rovers - March 17th 8PM

Charlie Daniels - March 22nd 8PM

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo - April 19th 8PM

Get tickets and find out more at!


Friday, January 6, 2012

Share in the Vision for Professional Theatre Downtown

I want to tell you all a secret. In 3 years, we're going to have a professional Equity theatre in Downtown Lynn run by Arts After Hours. How do I know this?

Because I won't stop until it happens.

We've already proven with every event we have, with every night of theatre, with every gallery show, with every music event, receipts in Downtown restaurants go up.  Yeah I have a passion for theatre, but it equals my passion for our amazing potential in Downtown Lynn.

70% of our Arts After Hours' audience is coming from outside our borders. People coming to Lynn, having a phenomenal quality experience and leaving to tell their friends. You can't beat this.

So, here's where you come in. Our next show opens on January 19th. Click on the link to or call 781-205-4010 and buy two tickets (or more) to I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Use code "LOVE" for $5 off each ticket.  Even if you don't know who you are going to bring yet, buy the tickets, and challenge yourself to introduce someone to Downtown Lynn in 2012 (could be rediscovering it yourself?).

Really great modern score, really funny dialogue and an incredible cast and production crew.

This is your chance to make a specific impact in Downtown Lynn. Come to the show. Before the show, go to a downtown restaurant. After the show, go to a Downtown Bar. Might we suggest our sponsors, The Blue Ox for dinner and Northern Nights on the Lynnway for drinks after the show.

Make this show a success, make the next one even bigger. I might even be able to squeeze that 3 year projection down a bit. Let's get a professional theatre operating in Lynn.

Happy ticket buying,

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